IPSWICH Town’s request to receive extra tickets for next month’s FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa has been rejected by the Premier League club.

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The Blues took the maximum 2,900 tickets available on a sale or return basis for the January 5 clash at Villa Park, with the last of those tickets selling out yesterday morning – the final 200 on offer being snapped up in 35 minutes.

Town then discussed the possibility of purchasing more tickets to satisfy demand but the Midlanders have today confirmed they are not in a position to provide further tickets.

Town chief executive Simon Clegg said: “Our ticket office manager, John Ford, asked Villa whether it was possible for us to have some more tickets.

“We were looking for another 500 or so which we believe would have satisfied demand.

“But unfortunately Villa have said they are not in a position to do that, which we can understand as they are likely to have sold tickets to home fans in areas that potentially would have been used for us.”

Earlier this week supporters criticised the decision taken by the Suffolk club to secure just 2,900 seats for the match at Villa Park, whose capacity is 42,788.

If the club had gone for 6,000 – which it is entitled to under Football Association rules which give visiting teams 15 per cent of the host club’s capacity – and not sold them, it would have been left out of pocket.

“As John has explained previously, we took the maximum number of tickets we could on a sale or return basis,” Clegg added.

“The next figure available was 4,800, rising to the maximum 6,000 and we would have had to buy those tickets upfront.

“That would have left us open to a big risk of substantial losses if we had failed to sell those tickets.

“Our average travelling support this season is 646 and while we knew that the numbers of fans wanting to go to the Villa game would be higher than that, we believe taking the 2,900 available on the sale or return basis was the right option.”

16 comments

  • One day our CEO and owner will realise you have to speculate to accumulate.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I am sure that the loyal fans that have been travelling away have managed to get the tickets they want...just the 'big day' fans that haven't. Sounds fair to me.

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    suffolkred

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Cleggie made the right decision, no use being left with unsold tickets on our hands when the demand was unquantified. Having said that, seems rather mean of Aston Villa.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Football is about fans but there are those that watch a team and those that follow a team. Maybe people should show their hand and if those that are aggrieved they can't get a ticket let us know how many away (or even home!) matches they've been to we'll be able to see if they're 'big game' fans or if there's a flaw in the salesdistribution process.

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    Bleeding Blue

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Damned if you do, damned if you don't... a good original call and a wise financial decision for the club when even home attendance has dropped.

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    Bleeding Blue

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I think the club here have made a very decent decision. Our away attendances have not been magnificent neither have our home attendences. I shall be at Villa Park for a win and a really good atmosphere!

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    Paul The Alien

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I will be sitting in the Holt End dressed up in my Zulu fancy dress outfit for the game as I could not get a ticket with the town fans

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    the opinion man

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I'm sure that Ged & Rob would put a negative slant on this story. For once in a while I've got to agree in advance with the carping chirps of our 'northern' neighbours! ITFC should have had more faith in our fans and ordered more tickets for us.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I suppose it is too much to ask (if you are daft enough to want to go and watch Villa reserves attempt to lose to whoever Mick the Man sees fit to pick) to simply get a ticket with a better view amongst the tens of thousands of empty seats and Villa fans?

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Anyone who hasnt got a ticket - I'm sure there are plenty still available for the trip to Wolverhampton on 29th, or Cardiff Bristol etc to support our team.

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    dbr

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • If you read the article, Tom, that isn't the choice. The next figure is 4800. Would it really have been such a catastrophic loss of revenue to have been left with circa 1000 tickets considering the profit made from the ones sold?

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • You can hardly blame the club - 3,000 is a decent number and if the choice was 3,000 or 6,000, they made the right call. We would not take 6,000 away for a 3rd round match, so would lose money.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • This team cannot win. Had they bought the 4,800 tickets and not sold them, you would all be complaining that they were too optimistic and should have looked at season averages for away trips and saying they wasted money. I think based on an average of 646 away travelers a game, 2,900 was very optimistic. That's 2,300 people who haven't proven that they would travel. How could the club know that. I swear some people just follow to whine. It's getting tiresome. No one is holding a gun to your head to support this club.

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    Craig Chenery

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I am sure that the loyal fans that have been travelling away have managed to get the tickets they want...just the 'big day' fans that haven't. Sounds fair to me.

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    suffolkred

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I am sure that the loyal fans that have been travelling away have managed to get the tickets they want...just the 'big day' fans that haven't. Sounds fair to me.

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    suffolkred

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Not impressed , Ipswich Town. I wanted one more ticket for my son (my daughter and I already have them ) but they weren't selling them at the club yesterday -only on the phone ! I think the club should have taken 4,800 and I'm sure they would have sold them -poor decision Simon Clegg . Martin (Hadleigh)

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    Martin-Hadleigh

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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